The Color of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary Season: Purple!


Inspired by Celie, the powerful protagonist behind Alice Walker’s critically-acclaimed novel, “The Color Purple”, here’s my first recap in true ~Color Purple~ style!

Dear God,

Last night I was honored to attended the Broadway musical revival of “The Color Purple,” currently in its opening week at The Paper Mill Playhouse, the Tony Award-winning regional theatre in Millburn, New Jersey, now in its 80th anniversary year.

John Doyle’s directorial masterpiece has traveled across North America, captivating national audiences through its streamlined, essential, minimalist vision remounted from the 2015 Tony Award-winning Broadway incantation, based on its initial run from 2005-2008.

The talented, compelling company starring Adrianna Hicks as Celie, Carla R. Stewart as Shug Avery, Carrie Compere as Sofia, and Gavin Gregory as Mister brought a genuine, spirited interpretation to Marsha Norman’s book, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

I’m so excited to share my critical review and the video interviews/reportage over the next couple days! In the meantime, here’s an awesome photo overview of the amazing night!




(Above: Gavin Gregory as Mister, who blew the roof off the theater with his resonant, booming bass-baritone, and was wearing an absolutely stunning red and gold African print “Rammy” blazer from the four-year-old, Philly-based RTW fashion brand, D’iyanu. Yes, I asked, and yes, they will soon have a new customer: me!)


(Above: L-R, Adrianna Hicks as Celie, Carrie Compere as Sofia, and Carla R. Stewart as Shug Avery, three amazing, talented, extraordinary artists who brought Alice Walker’s beloved characters to life!)


(Above: beautiful decorative ironwork at The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.)

Check out my final video report here!

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